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it personally, and as a matter of policy and law. embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for lgbt americans and all americans. to deny the opportunity to any of our daughters and sons, solely on the basis of who they are, and who they love is to deny them the chance to live up to their own god-given potential. >> one of the things that she said in this video that gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights, which is an echo of her famous declaration at the international women's conference in beijing back in '95. where she really stirred the fires in international diplomacy as first lady by declaring women's rights human rights. >> and that was controversial back then. that was seen as a sort of revolutionary statement, the state department was nervous that she said that. they didn't really want that to happen. i think we will be looking back ten, 20 years on the notion that gay rights are human rights and think, well, duh, the same way we think about women's rights now. >> a real generational change certainly in the republican party as we w
a single law-abiding american. because the president believes in our second amendment rights. but he also believes we have to take steps to reduce gun violence. steps like closing loopholes in our background check system. that's something that 91% of the american people support. 91%. republicans, democrats, independents. rural americans, sportsmen and women. urban americans. i mean this is something that even the nra, even wayne lapierre used to support. so -- i think this is a common-sense measure that we hope and the president hopes, is moved forward on it. there's progress on in congress and that he will eventually get to sign into law. >> before i let you go, jay, there's a report on "reuters" that chuck hagel at the pentagon is going to be announcing a new missile defense to be installed in alaska presumably to protect against anything coming from north korea. can you tell us about that? well i want to point you to the announcements coming out of the defense department, so i don't have a lot on that for you. we have obviously very mindful of the north korean threat as well as threats
. she may have the law on her side, but she's got the nra and ted cruz against her. >> there's two questions to explore here. one, i degree it's going to be hard get the votes for the bill in full. there are pieces of it that are still really important. for instance, included in the assault weapons ban, that passed the judiciary committee today is this ban on magazines that are over 10 bullets. frankly i think that would have a bigger effect on the mass tragedies than the overall bill would. i think we can preserve major pieces of the bill. even if we can't preserve the entirety of it. the second question is this, ted cruz doesn't have the politics on his side. because 90% of american citizens want full background checks bill passed. the vast majority want an assault weapons ban put into place. and the fact is, i think there's going to be real push-back at the polls in 2014, if republicans in this place and across the way and the house of representatives become the party of assault weapons, i think it's a bad place for them to be politically and it's certainly a bad place for them
budget, various ones have no chance of becoming law. is there any worry that the idea that republicans are putting forward that our budget balances, our budget balances, a very good sound bite that can work in mid-term elections. whereas you guys' isn't balanced until about 2040. is there any worry that the message could take hold and cause problems for you in the 2014 mid-terms? >> no, luke, for this reason -- the republican budget, the ryan budget balances on the backs of middle income taxpayers. it balances by violating our commitment to our seniors, through the voucher plan. by gutting important investments. in infrastructure, in science and research, in education. things that are important to power the economy. our focus has been on jobs first. let's get the economy in full gear. not put the brakes on it. which is what the republicans do. they've gotten austerity budget that according to the nonpartisan congressional budget office, will result in 750,000 fewer jobs bn i end of the year. so we say let's tackle the deficit in a smart way, get people back to work and reduce it over a
supporters promised us. it is taking the new state of the campaign finance and tax laws and exploiting them to the max. and we've sin it before. and the next president who comes in may not decide to disclose and we'll have this secret arm of donors. it is a dangerous development. >> and all well and good for them to say they won't accept corporate donors. but the fact is, the corporate world is not that keen. at least the majority of the corporate world is not that keen on them so they aren't giving up that much. >> corporations don't necessarily like writing these checks directly. but look, everybody who gets this kind of money knows who the money is coming from. and knows what the folks who are giving that money want. >> you think. >> sorry to be so cynical. >> ruth marcus, thank you. that does it for us for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." and my colleague with tamron hall has what's next on "news nation." >> awaiting the results of another round of voting for the next pope. there's now more talk than ever that we could, stress could, see the first ever american head of the cat
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